Walford College Animal Care Unit

Walford & North Shropshire College

Client:Walford & North Shropshire College Sector:Education Services:Structural Engineering Link Design Lead:Nick Hirschman, Mark Brock

Link (formerly MBCE) was appointed by Walford & North Shropshire College to provide Structural Engineering services (both sub and superstructure) to support the development of a new Animal Care Unit on the Walford College Campus.

Walford College constructed a new build Animal Care Centre on land within their existing College campus as a facility to train students in the care of a range of animals including dogs, cats, rodents and mammals. The facility which includes a monkey island, won the RICS Midlands sustainability award.

This centre incorporated a range of building materials and energy sources and is also used as a student teaching facility to demonstrate how each of the different design features has affected the whole life of the building and its energy use, these included:

  • wood chip boiler using locally sourced materials
  • ground source heat pumps
  • photovoltaic panels
  • wind turbo generator
  • biomass boiler (the college intend to produce their own fuel by growing short rotation willow coppice and Miscanthus crops, and with the waste products of their forestry courses)
  • natural ventilation
  • green oak cladding from within the college grounds
  • a rainwater balancing pond provides a new wildlife habitat.

Team Member Contact

Nick Hirschman


BSc (Hons) CEng MIStructE